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The Mad Room (1969)
Creepy little thriller
From the opening credits this film gives off a creepy feeling. You are never quite sure which character is trustworthy. Stella Stevens gives the right amount of instability in her performance of a woman who is unsure of her future. The younger siblings, played by Michael Burns and Barbara Sammeth, are equally as creepy. This is a must have film for people who like suspenseful movies with minimal gore. As another reviewer noted I am surprised that this movie has not been released on DVD. It would be interesting to have a commentary by Stella Stevens.
PS: The writers of To Die For with Nicole Kidman must have been fans of this film, since the opening credits are similar to The Mad Room's credits.
Reckless Indifference (2000)
documentary is biased
I just recently saw the movie reckless indifference. I know that most documentaries do not provide equal time to both sides of the issue but this documentary in particular was biased in favor of the four young men who committed the crime. The parents of the accused were upset that the victim's father, an LAPD detective, was using his influence to get the best trial for his dead son. What the parents of the accused do not realize or admit is that if they were in the same situation as the the victim's father they would be doing the same thing. Everyone wants justice for their family. It is understandable why Michael McCloren did not want to be interviewed for this movie. He probably knew that what he said would be misrepresented. The film shows more people being interviewed in defense of the accused. There are only four people shown discussing the victims. The deceased boy's parents and the district attorneys. This documentary would have been much better if it were more balanced.
Dead of Night (1972)
Movie still holds up after 30 years
I recently bought the DVD of this film. It still holds up after thirty years. I first saw this film as a child. It left an impression on me that still persists today. The movie was filmed in the 1970's but it still has a timeless quality. Many of the themes of war and families not functioning are as relevant today as they were in the 1970's. The horror is more implied than presented. It is a haunting movie with a great ending. The DVD includes interviews and commentaries. I highly recommend this film. This is one of the few horror films that I can still remember watching as a child. Another great movie of that era is Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It would be great to see these two films on a double billing.